EDITORIAL: 6 things we liked this week, 3 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 6 things we liked this week, 3 we didn’t

We liked this week

Wallingford public works crews have removed the century-old cast iron and laminated wood folding seats from the Town Hall auditorium. The seats of the Robert F. Parisi Town Council Chambers are being replaced with padded seats that the town acquired earlier this year from the former Bristol-Myers Squibb facility. In addition to the new chairs, the floor of the auditorium is to be refinished.

After Sunday Mass, Our Lady Queen of Angels parishioners gathered outside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel campus in Meriden for an annual procession with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The procession, started decades ago, is part of an annual two-day church Festa. The parishioners were joined by clergy, Mayor Kevin Scarpati, members of the Knights of Columbus and the Sam Vinci Marching Band. 

Tops Market owners have site plan approval for a new grocery store on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington and are waiting on other permits to begin construction. A fire destroyed the store and its contents in March. Co-owner John Salerno said he’s focused on the February deadline for reopening the grocery store.

Ed Peczynski, treasurer of the Meriden Farmers Market, believes that Saturday morning’s opening was the best attended in its nine-year history. “A few new people come every year and they continue to come, so it grows,” he said. The Farmers Market will take place on the Meriden Green off of Mill Street every Saturday through October 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Connecticut’s chief fiscal watchdog is calling for officials overseeing the investment of hundreds of millions of taxpayer and philanthropic dollars in low-performing public schools to adhere to the spirit of all disclosure and ethics laws. While Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo called the unprecedented public-private partnership, spearheaded by hedge fund giant Ray Dalio’s philanthropic foundation, “great news” for Connecticut, he warned that transparency is vital to the success of the endeavor.

The Long Island Sound Band played during the July 10 Music on the Green concert on the Southington Green. The weekly concert series brings a different band and genre to the stage each week.

We didn’t like this week

A drug raid early Monday morning was the result of a police investigation into Latin King gang activity at a home on South First Street in Meriden, according to a police report. Officers found guns, drugs, cash and documents relating to the Latin Kings’ codes and “manifesto.”

Some local food pantries and food banks are experiencing a shortage as donations decline in the summer months. Master’s Manna food pantry in Wallingford receives significantly fewer donations from schools and individuals in the warmer months, while the demand remains constant.

Revenue generated by slot machines at Connecticut ’s two casinos continued a steady decline in June, down for the 12th consecutive month amid new regional competition. The casinos give 25 percent of that win to the state under Connecticut ’s gambling compact.